Good morning, folks. We’re back again with another New Jersey statewide blogger campaign. This time, Garden state bloggers have united to spread the word about New Jersey native Kelly Rouba’s debut book about juvenile arthritis entitled Juvenile Arthritis: The Ultimate Teen Guide (It Happened to Me). Below are some additional pieces of information that you may not know about juvenile arthritis.
First of all, did you know that May is Arthritis Awareness Month? There are over 300,000 children affected with juvenile arthritis in the United States alone – and some of them you would never know are suffering. For some the pain is private, with symptoms lasting for years before they receive the official diagnosis. Other kids have to drive hours to see their pediatric rheumatologist since there are such limited numbers across the country.
Kelly was diagnosed at 2 years old while other kids featured in this book were in their teens. Learning from her personal pain and struggle, Kelly wanted to make her book one that kids would want to read. She wanted to give kids an up-to-date resource guide that put familiar faces with the disease. Featured with Kelly are Allyson Shapiro – a reality TV star, Amanda White – a champion figure skater, and Shaun-Marie Robbins – a new mother who is having difficulty doing everyday mommy tasks.
On May 3rd and May 17, the NJ Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation is holding their annual Arthritis Walk across New Jersey. Kelly is the Public Relations Chair for the Princeton event and will be on hand to meet walkers and supporters. If you can, consider taking some time out of your day and supporting the Arthritis Foundation and meeting Kelly in Princeton!